Paralyzed Student Austin Whitney Walks Across Stage to Receive Degree (VIDEO)
When graduating senior Austin Whitney stood up from his wheelchair on stage at UC Berkeley’s commencement ceremony on May 14th, the crowd of 15,000 people at Edwards Stadium stood up with him – and roared.
Then Whitney, a paraplegic since 2007, used a controller switch on a walker to direct the exoskeleton strapped around his legs to move forward toward Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who was waiting to greet him. Step by step, followed by a team of researchers and cheered on by his family, Whitney reached Birgeneau, who gave him a congratulatory hug.
Read the whole story at UC Berkley News Center and watch the amazing video below.
Below, Homayoon Kazeroon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the designer of the exoskeleton, explains the technology.